IT’S a heartwarming story that seemed destined to be forgotten in the mists of time, but the All Our Yesterdays series of nostalgic magazines in the Limerick Leader has brought the tale of Theresa McDarby and her faithful dog back to life.
The second magazine in the series, free with the Leader this weekend, covers the years 1970-1974 and among a host of highlights it includes this touching story.
It was Easter Saturday of 1970 and Theresa, from Prospect Villas, came into the city centre to do some shopping, bringing her pet dog Pooch with her. She told Pooch to wait outside the main O’Connell Street entrance to Todds, but while she was inside Theresa remembered she also had to get something in William Street. She left via the department store’s side exit – and forgot completely about poor Pooch.
When she got home, it obviously slipped Theresa’s mind that Pooch had been with her in town because when he was missed later that night a search of the neighbourhood ensued – to no avail.
On Easter Sunday, the Limerick Leader reported, the McDarby family “reconciled themselves to the fact that the dog was lost”.
Not quite! The following day came the joyful news that Pooch was safe and well and still sitting patiently outside the O’Connell Street entrance to Todds waiting for his mistress nearly two days after she had gone into the shop.
It’s just one of the many stories and pictures to appear in part two of the collectable series, which builds to cover a 30-year period in Limerick life. The celebrations following famous All-Ireland hurling final victory in 1973 are also included – with amazing pictures not seen in close on four decades.